Arts Residencies

Filmmaker in residence:

Meike Vanmechelen, Filmaker in Residence

Filmmaker in residence Mieke Vanmechelen works with young people and schools. A recently produced short youth film called ‘Airbag’ has been selected to screen at First Cut Youth Film Festival in Youghal this March. With her partnership with Saint Brendan’s College she lends her support to their Young Social Innovators campaign, ‘One Punch Can Kill’.  In April Mieke will be lending a hand to students at the Presentation Secondary School Killarney, who are planning a mountain rescue documentary. Mieke is currently developing an exciting showcase of films for and made by young people with Kerry International Film Festival Director Eibh Collins. New and upcoming plans are also in progress for the Kerry Film Forum, with a film screening planned to take place this April. The screening features a short film called ‘Like a mouse’, an experimental documentary following Dr. Hodd’s discovery of a tiny fern, Stenogrammitis myosuroides. It explores the concept of natural conservation and the pressures of an unstable, globalised ecology. Made during the summer of 2021 the film was directed by Michael Holly and Mieke Vanmechelen, it has been picked up internationally and will be screened at the Achill Island Film Festival in May. Alongside all these projects, Mieke is also in the process of directing a documentary in Kerry and West Cork. The film will look at the life of hill farmers and the project is being supported by the Arts Council of Ireland. The filmmaker in residence is funded by Kerry County Council, the Arts Council and Creative Ireland. Any queries can be directed to arts@kerrycoco.ie/066 7183541

Writer in Residence
Máire Holmes Kerry WriterMáire Holmes is returning as Kerry’s Writer in Residence funded by Kerry County Council, The Arts Council and Creative Ireland. Her aim for 2022 is facilitate Kerry’s prolific creative writers and to continue encouraging all works-in-progress; poetry, prose, plays, screenwriting, and other disciplines in English or Irish language. Máire will give one-to-one remote mentoring sessions as well as group sessions with writers’ groups.  Anyone who wishes to start writing, continue writing, or intends to join a writers group can contact Kerry County Council’s Arts Office on arts@kerrycoco.ie /066 7183541 who can put them in touch with Máire, either by email, phone or post. Writers who are in full-time work or education, and are over eighteen, can avail of evening sessions by appointment.

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Kerry County Council
Arts Department
Co Buildings,
Rathass,
Tralee,
Co. Kerry
Tel: 066/7183541
E: arts@kerrycoco.ie or
kkennell@kerrycoco.ie

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